B4J Tutorial [BANano] Using an external Editor like WYSIWYG Web Builder with B4J/BANano

WYSIWYG Web Builder (https://www.wysiwygwebbuilder.com/) is a cheap Website builder that makes it very easy to make your design. @Alejandro Moyano mentioned it in his post on his history with B4X. This gave me the idea that it could be used to program the logic of such a site using simple B4J code and BANano.

What I did. I'm sure I could expand BANano more to make this process easier. Suggestions are welcome:

1. Build a simple page in the WYSIWYG Web Builder
2. Saved it to HTML
3. For all the images, I replace the paths to "./assets/" in the html because this is where BANano gets its assets
4. Made a new B4J non-UI project
'Non-UI application (console / server application)
#Region Project Attributes
    #MergeLibraries: True
    #IgnoreWarnings: 16, 10, 14, 15 
#End Region

Sub Process_Globals
    Private BANano As BANano 'ignore
    ' dim some elements we will work with
    Private Button1 As BANanoElement
    Private Editbox1 As BANanoElement
End Sub

Sub AppStart (Args() As String)
    BANano.Initialize("BANano", "BANanoWYSIWYG",1)
End Sub

'Return true to allow the default exceptions handler to handle the uncaught exception.
Sub Application_Error (Error As Exception, StackTrace As String) As Boolean
    Return True
End Sub

Sub BANano_Ready()
    ' get the body element
    Dim body As BANanoElement
    ' loading the body from the html file that the WYSIWYG Web Builder generated
    Dim init As BANanoFetchOptions
    init.Mode = "no-cors"
    Dim response As BANanoFetchResponse
    Dim Text As String
    ' fetch it with a promise
    Dim getHTML As BANanoFetch
    getHTML.Initialize("./assets/index.html", init)
        ' got the response, now get the content
        Return response.Text 'ignore
    getHTML.Then(Text) 'ignore
       ' got the content, extract the body part and add it to the body tag
        ' get the Button1 and the Editbox1 (id = case sensitive)
        '  add a click event to the button
        Button1.On("click", Me, "HandleButton1")
End Sub

public Sub HandleButton1(event As BANanoEvent)
    ' set the text value of the Editbox to something
    Editbox1.SetValue("Alain Bailleul")
End Sub

' helper method to extract the body part of the html
public Sub ExtractBodyPart(html As String) As String
    Dim bodyBegin As Int = html.IndexOf("<body>")
    html = html.SubString(bodyBegin + 6)
    Dim bodyEnd As Int =  html.IndexOf("</body>")
    html = html.SubString2(0,bodyEnd) 
    Return html
End Sub

5. copied all the assets to the B4J Files folder and synced (css files, images and the html file WYSIWYG Web Builder generated)


6. Run the project to Transpile the B4J code to Javascript
7. Started a Web Server in Chrome (the Fetch does need a real server as it does not allow CORS calls). I use this because it is very simple for development: https://www.b4x.com/android/forum/threads/banano-tip-running-a-test-server.100180/
8. In the browser, went to and I got this:


When I click the button, Alain Bailleul was put in the Editbox.

Other Web site builders can be used in the same way, as long as you have things like ids on your tags.



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Roberto P.

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Longtime User
Hi Alain,
excellent example. We need to purchase WebBuilder.
Could you attach the sample project?

thank you